Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 2-2 Hamilton Academical

Hamilton Academical came from two goals down to hold Kilmarnock to a draw in the Scottish Premiership.

Dom Thomas's free-kick was knocked into the net by Hamilton's Louis Longridge to give Killie an early lead.

Lee Erwin's stylish lob put the hosts two up but Giannis Skondras replied for Accies with a well-taken strike.

Steven Smith fouled Greg Docherty in the box and Ali Crawford restored parity by converting the resulting penalty.

Killie get their first point of the season but Lee McCulloch's side will be frustrated not to have taken all three.

There was a real desire to the home side's play and less than three minutes had been played when they opened the scoring.

Scott McMann fouled Kris Boyd just outside the box wide on the Killie right and Thomas's low left-foot delivery took a deflection off Longridge and flew past goalkeeper Gary Woods.

Boyd could have increased the home side's lead when played in behind the Accies defence by Thomas but the experienced striker toe-poked his effort just wide from eight yards as Woods advanced quickly to narrow the angle.

Lee Erwin scores
Erwin's measured lob put Killie two up

However, Killie were to lose Boyd to injury when he suffered a hamstring strain 10 minutes before the interval and had to be replaced by Erwin.

Jamie MacDonald produced an excellent save to deny Accies an equaliser when Gordon Greer's headed clearance landed at the foot of Longridge. The Accies frontman's half-volley from just inside the area was tipped over by the Killie keeper at full stretch.

There was an early scare for Accies in the second half when a powerful Thomas free-kick bounced back off Woods as he tried to save but fortunately for the keeper his defence helped him out.

At the other end, a clearance from MacDonald from outside his area fell to Crawford, who tried to score from near halfway but saw his effort sail over.

Killie increased their lead with Erwin's first league goal for the Rugby Park club. Adam Frizzell delivered the through ball and the big striker outpaced the Accies defence before superbly lobbing Woods.

But Hamilton got themselves back in the game by use of the wide areas. McMann sent in a fine cross that his fellow full-back Skondras struck into the corner of the net on the half-volley with his left foot.

And two minutes from the end Accies, who are now unbeaten on their last six visits to Rugby Park, equalised from the penalty spot. Smith was judged to have tripped Docherty and Crawford made no mistake, blasting the spot-kick past MacDonald.

Martin Canning's side go into the international break on seven points from four games and are unbeaten in their last three.

Post-match reaction

Kilmarnock manager Lee McCulloch: "That's two points dropped, again individual errors costing us the goals.

"It was a bit of a slow game but if you go 2-0 up in any game in world football you're expected to keep a bit of game management and just come in with three points, regardless of how you play.

"I thought after we scored the second goal we panicked for some reason. I don't know why.

"The home form is atrocious for the last seven years, I don't know why so it's something that needs to start getting addressed other than just looking at the stats, something needs to give.

"If you panic when you go 2-0 up you don't deserve the three points. First goal we conceded was bad defending, the second it looked like a penalty from where I was standing, so no real complaints about that, unless I feel different when I see it again."

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: "In the end delighted with a point, it's always a difficult place to come.

"We knew it was going to be a hard game. I thought in the first half we were the better team but we find ourselves 1-0 down.

"I thought their second goal was offside but I've watched it back and I think it's actually a really good decision from the linesman. He's probably a foot inside his own half when he starts his run which is a good spot and we've gone 2-0 down.

"But to have the fight to get back into the game was really pleasing. We made a wee change, Scott McMann put in a great cross and Giannis gets the first. The fighting spirit really pleased me."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 4Greer
  • 17Findlay
  • 12Taylor
  • 20WilsonBooked at 37mins
  • 15ThomasSubstituted forMcKenzieat 69'minutes
  • 21FrizzellBooked at 66mins
  • 3SmithBooked at 64mins
  • 11Jones
  • 9BoydSubstituted forErwinat 36'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McKenzie
  • 18Waters
  • 22Erwin
  • 25Brophy
  • 26Bell
  • 29Burke
  • 33Hawkshaw

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 2Skondras
  • 5Tomas
  • 11Crawford
  • 3McMann
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forGogicat 69'minutes
  • 8Docherty
  • 89SarrisBooked at 10mins
  • 30BoydSubstituted forTempletonat 58'minutes
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forCunninghamat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 13Gogic
  • 16Templeton
  • 19Jamieson
  • 21Donati
  • 22Lyon
  • 28Cunningham
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,706

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 2.

Foul by Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock).

(Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 2. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Penalty conceded by Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty draws a foul in the penalty area.

Hand ball by Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

Attempt missed. Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ross Cunningham replaces Louis Longridge.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 1. Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott McMann.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Dom Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alexander Gogic replaces Dougie Imrie.

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Adam Frizzell (Kilmarnock).

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Lee Erwin (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Iain Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. David Templeton replaces Steven Boyd because of an injury.

Foul by Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock).

Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Giannis Skondras.

Attempt saved. Dom Thomas (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen4400105512
2Celtic431082610
3St Johnstone431083510
4Hamilton42118537
5Hibernian32017616
6Motherwell420267-16
7Rangers31114404
8Hearts411236-34
9Ross County310235-23
10Kilmarnock401337-41
11Partick Thistle400449-50
12Dundee300327-50
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